In order to present Kirchhoff’s voltage law, we must introduce the concept of a “loop”.
Since energy must be conserved when a charge goes around a loop, the energy given up by the charge equals the energy it gains. The same energy-conservation principle would apply if you carried a rock over a hill and back to where you started.
Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law expresses conservation of energy in terms of voltage rises and drops around a loop in a circuit.
An alternate statement of KVL can be obtained by considering voltages across elements that are traversed from plus to minus to be Positive in sense and voltages across elements that are traversed from minus to plus to be negative in sense (or vice versa). Under this circumstances, KVL has the following alternative form:
Specifically, this statement becomes,
By applying this form of KVL to the circuit shown in figure 1, and selecting a traversal from plus to minus to be positive in sense, around the loop, we get
Figure.1: Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law Circuit
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Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law Solved Example
Find V1 and V2 using Kirchhoff’s voltage law.
By using Ohm’s Law,
Application of KVL
A very simple application of KVL is to combine all voltage sources in series.
In above circuit, we observe that polarity of V1 and V2 is same as supply voltage Vab so we consider them positive voltage while V3 polarity is opposite to supply voltage. So, the final resultant voltage will be;